with contributions from Katya Foreman
 on June 14, 2018

MOSCOW — Europe will soon be gripped with football fever as the 2018 FIFA World Cup gets under way in Russia today, fueling sales of fanwear and, retailers hope, tourist spending.

Russia has spent years spiffing up ahead of the tournament, with the first match scheduled for June 14 and the finals to be played on July 15.

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